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Album Review

Although serious fans and collectors will have little use for the disc, Ultimate Wes Montgomery is a solid collection of 12 highlights from the guitarist's Verve recordings as selected by George Benson. For the curious neophyte, the disc offers a good overview of Montgomery's time at the label, featuring the guitarist in a variety of different settings, including combos with Wynton Kelly, Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Smith. Certainly, the disc should be thought of as an introduction, not the final word, but on that level it works very well. Among the featured numbers are "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "Caravan," "West Coast Blues," "'Round Midnight," "Mi Cosa" and "Four on Six."

Customer Reviews

Wes is the Best

Nice introduction to Wes here, thank you George Benson ( another great ) Every song is great, and the sound production is tpo knotch!

Yup...

...can't go wrong with Wes - AMAZING guitarist. This compilation serves up a pretty good sampling, but (in my humble opinion) 'Smokin' at the Half Note' is probably the best way to start.

Very good compilation

Great intro to the work of Wes Montgomery...... "Caravan" is one of my favorite songs of all time and although there are a couple tracks from "Movin' Wes," I would love to see that entire album available on iTunes.

Biography

Born: March 6, 1923 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Wes Montgomery was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial...
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